Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practitioner Certificate

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What will you learn?
You will learn practical CBT based tools and techniques that you can use with clients, in your personal life, career or relationships right away.
The course demonstrates the practical application of CBT in any professional helping relationship (counselling, pastoring, parenting, managing etc).
You will learn how to plan a session with your client and some tips on how you set take-away tasks for clients to complete outside of session time.
You will be shown exactly how to break through people's limiting self-philosophies to help them live more empowered and autonomous lives.
Learn to establish healthy professional boundaries with your clients and create an environment that's conducive to helping them realise their goals.
Understand how to facilitate the positive transformation of how people think, feel and behave when pursuing their goals or objectives in life.
You will learn to understand the primary motivations and reasonings behind most forms of behaviour (both productive and destructive behaviours).
You will be shown how to carry out CBT practice sessions and also understand a useful framework for structuring your sessions with others.
You will learn about how the mind processes day-to-day experiences and transforms your interpretation of them into emotions, fears, passions, actions and ultimately, outcomes.
This course will teach you how to become more self-aware of (and improve) the way that you communicate, alongside the psychology behind these communication styles.
This comprehensive training course is packed full of professionally produced CBT resources, which will enable you to start coaching people immediately after completion.
PLUS: Get access to our great online FB community and practice your newfound skills right away. On completion of the course, you can also apply to join Achology: The Academy for Modern Applied Psychology.
About the course

This unparalleled Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practitioner Course (CBT) will certify you in a wide range of psychology-based CBT teachings and practices that transform how people typically think, believe and behave.

CBT is a contemporary expression of Applied Psychology that is commonly used by coaches, alternative therapists, medical professionals, counsellors and mental health specialists. Due to the rational basis for its effectiveness, CBT is a popular helping system for many regular mental health challenges, such as confidence, anxiety and stress.

The course curriculum begins by acquainting you with the foundational constructs and history of the established fields from which CBT belongs; cognitive and behavioural psychology.

As a social science, psychology seeks to understand the reasons behind human behaviour, and on completing this course, you will comprehend the relationship between human thoughts, emotions and behaviour.

The course will equip you with an acute knowledge of cognitive behavioural theories, standards, processes, and how to practice CBT upon a high standard of comprehension. CBT provides an exceptional framework for individual and professional development.

If you aim to assist people with mental health-related matters, this course outlines the skills and insights you will need to do this while maximising your own mental and emotional wellbeing through the process.

This comprehensive CBT training course will lead you in the process of applying CBT within various professional contexts such as coaching, treatment, instruction, management, leadership and even in parenting.

Qu) What exactly will you learn in this CBT training course?

As you work through the eight-course modules, you will learn how to:

  • Help people to realise possibilities for personal growth.
  • Learn the framework required for improved mental health.
  • Assist clients in realising and increasing their emotional IQ.
  • Improve your relationships with crucial communication skills.
  • Support people in growing skills to elevate their personal growth.
  • Become non-judgemental and empathic rather than sympathetic.
  • Teach people how to set relevant, valuable and reasonable goals.
  • Build powerful discussion skills into your everyday relationships.
  • Support people in creating a plan by which to attain their goals.
  • Understand the link between cognition, beliefs and behaviour.
  • And much, much more.

This extensive CBT training is ideal for newcomers to applied psychology and also seasoned specialists who want to refresh their skills. This course will provide you with the knowledge required to transform peoples self-perception and drive a captivating new vocation in the process.

You will gain lifetime access to eight modules (over 32hrs) of video-based teaching and thought-provoking activities. There is no deadline for completing the course, and you can study it around your current obligations.

Enrolling in this course permits you to join the Achology online support community, in which, you can ask course-related questions, discuss what you're learning with others and benefit from the wealth of wisdom of over 38,500 like-minded others from all corners of the world.

By the end of the course, you will understand how to support continual growth in peoples lives by empowering them to determine what their goals are, and then take the required action steps to get there. This process is the same as what all competent CBT practitioners use in the context of their daily practice.

This training course is certified by Achology, the Academy of Modern Applied Psychology. Achology takes competency and skilled development seriously. Upon completing the final lecture you will be awarded your certificate of completion, this certificate states that you have undergone over 32hrs of video-based learning on Udemy.

Full Money Back Guarantee: We are confident you will find value in this course. A full money-back guarantee with no questions asked protects your investment should the course not meet your expectations.

Complete CBT Certification Programme | Introduction Section
Upon completion of this section students will understand the presuppositions and core beliefs that cognitive behavioural therapy is built on. This section sets course for the rest of the course | CBT
Introduction to the Course
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, or CBT, is the therapy of choice for medical practitioners referring patients that are struggling with certain destructive behaviours. It is a well-recognized system of training a patient to identify and reconstruct certain negative thought processes, which may be affecting their lives.Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a highly successful therapy that is continually increasing in effectiveness, and many cases are more effective than medication treatments. It is a highly valuable tool, which is very highly regarded not only by mental health consumers but also medical providers too.Our feelings and emotions influence how we deal with every event. Negative emotions can adversely affect any part of our lives. For example, a woman who has suffered physical abuse feels she can no longer cope because her self-esteem has become so low. CBT helps her to picture certain situations she faces and to examine the thought processes that convince her she is not equipped with the necessary skills or confidence.One of the main reasons is it is such a successful therapy, apart from its impressive results, is the fact treatment tends to be over a very short term and focused on a particular problem. This makes it very accessible, at a cost that people can afford. CBT is a ‘here and now’ therapy that concentrates on a negative feeling or behaviour led by a destructive thought pattern, and how to change this process to move the person’s life forward and beyond the behaviour.A person’s distorted thinking pattern can bring an altered view of the world and this, in turn, can cause feelings of despair, depression, anxiety, frustration, and anger. CBT is a powerful therapy that can realign the poor thought patterns and therefore, improve the life of the sufferer in the long term.Complete CBT Certification Programme (Beginner to Advanced)
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The Foundational Assumptions of CBT
In this video, Kain discusses some of the foundational assumptions that cognitive behavioural therapy is based upon:1) No Such Thing As a Bad IntentionAlthough some people will do some crazy things in life that we will never understand, it's important for us to know as CBT therapists, that there's no such thing as an evil intention. An individual will always make the best choice they can, according to the information they have available to them at the time. All our actions have at least one goal – to accomplish something that we value and that will benefit us. An individual is not their behaviour. When a person becomes aware that there's a better choice of action that will also achieve their positive intention, they'll take it.It's crucial that our number one goal is to protect the trust in the relationship with our clients and to do this, we must not jump to conclusions about what we think their intentions are. We must instead take the time to understand what their intentions are.2) The Past Doesn't Equal The FuturePeople are scared of failure, and this is the primary reason why they don't go on to do the things they want in life. In life, we're basing every decision that we make on similar decisions we've made in the past and the consequent outcomes that we've experienced. If someone believes that their past equals their future, they're going to expect similar results in their future to what they've encountered in the past. If they've experienced a lot of hurt or rejection in their past, they are going to be less likely to go on and pursue their goals, take risks and do the things they want to do. As CBT therapists, our goal is to help someone manage their internal processes and assist them to get out of the rut they've found themselves in, by shifting their perspective away from the past and towards the future instead.3) No One is BrokenNo one is wrong or broken. No one is a victim. Many people believe that they are and this limiting belief is what holds them back and prevents them from doing the things they want to do in life. Our role as CBT therapists is to help people recognise and accept just how 'unbroken' they are which means that there's potentially nothing that they can't go on to achieve in life. 4) Everything is AchievableIf one person can do something, it's possible to model it and teach it to others. Therefore, everyone can learn to get better results in their way. We all have the ability to do all things, all of the time. The only thing that's holding us back from doing the things we want to do in life is the appropriate strategy.Our role as CBT therapists is to help people realise and accept that there's nothing they can't achieve in life. By eliciting the appropriate strategy, anything is achievable.5) Empowerment Comes Via Responsibility Many people live completely disempowered lives because they haven't taken full responsibility for their lives. As mentioned previously, many individuals believe that they are 'victims' of the circumstances that life throws them. Now, although bad things do happen in life, we always have a choice as to how we act and respond to our circumstances. Helping people to realise and accept this empowers them to develop an inner resilience so that they no longer allow circumstances to 'crush' them but instead push through to achieve the things they want in life. CBT Practitioner Certification Course (Beginner to Advanced)
A Brief History of CBT
CBT is based on the idea that how we think (cognition), how we feel (emotion) and how we act (behavior) all interact together.  Specifically, our thoughts determine our feelings and our behavior.
Therefore, negative and unrealistic thoughts can cause us distress and result in problems. When a person suffers with psychological distress, the way in which they interpret situations becomes skewed, which in turn has a negative impact on the actions they take.CBT aims to help people become aware of when they make negative interpretations, and of behavioral patterns which reinforce the distorted thinking.  Cognitive therapy helps people to develop alternative ways of thinking and behaving which aims to reduce their psychological distress.Cognitive behavioral therapy is, in fact, an umbrella term for many different therapies that share some common elements. Two of the earliest forms of Cognitive behavioral Therapy were Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), developed by Albert Ellis in the 1950s, and Cognitive Therapy, developed by Aaron T. Beck in the 1960s.In this video, Kain shares a few further insights with regards to the history of this fascinating life science.CBT Practitioner Certification Course (Beginner to Advanced)
A History of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Article)
Two of the earliest forms of Cognitive behavioral Therapywere Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), developed by Albert Ellis in the 1950s, and Cognitive Therapy, developed by Aaron T. Beck in the 1960s.This article shares more of the history of this fascinating life science.CBT Practitioner Certification Course (Beginner to Advanced)
The Gerard Egan Learning Framework
Gerard Egan’s Skilled Helper Model of eclectically based counselling provides a structured and solution focused basis for CBT Practitioners, counsellors, psychotherapists and other helping therapists.There are many things that get in the way of active listening (and learning). It's important to be aware of these barriers, many of which are just bad habits, in order to become a more effective listener. Barriers and bad habits to effective listening can include:
  1. Trying to listen to more than one conversation at a time. This includes having the television or radio on while attempting to listen to somebody talk; being on the phone to one person and talking to another person in the same room and also being distracted by some dominant noise in the immediate environment.
  2. You find the communicator attractive/unattractive. You pay more attention to how you feel about the communicator and their physical appearance than to what they are saying. Perhaps you simply don't like the speaker (or what the speaker is saying) so you end up mentally arguing with the speaker and become fast to criticise and reject what they're saying.
  3. You are not interested in the topic/issue being discussed and therefore become bored too soon.
  4. Not focusing and being easily distracted by other external factors, fiddling with your hair, the weather, fingers, traffic, gazing out of the window or focusing on objects other than the speaker.
  5. You are prejudiced or biased by race, gender, age, religion, accent, and/or past experiences.
  6. You have preconceived ideas or bias. Effective listening includes being open-minded to the ideas and opinions of others, this does not mean you have to agree but should listen and attempt to understand.
  7. You make judgements, thinking, for example that  a person is not very bright or is under-qualified so there is no point listening to what they have to say.
  8. Previous experiences. We are all influenced by previous experiences in life.  We respond to people based on personal appearances, how initial introductions or welcomes were received and/or previous interpersonal encounters.  If we stereotype a person we become less objective and therefore less likely to listen effectively.
  9. Preoccupation. When we have a lot on our minds we can fail to listen to what is being said as we're too busy concentrating on what we're thinking about. This is particularly true when we feel stressed or worried about issues.
  10. Having a Closed Mind. We all have ideals and values that we believe to be correct and it can be difficult to listen to the views of others that contradict our own opinions. The key to effective listening (and interpersonal skills) is adapting the ability to maintain an open mind, in view of understand why others think about things differently to you and use this information to gain a better understanding of the speaker.

We can easily pick up bad habits when it comes to listening. Listening is a key interpersonal skill and a prerequisite to many other communication skills, therefore, by learning to listen more effectively you can improve the quality of both your professional and personal life - especially if you go on to practice Cognitive Behavioural therapy with clients on into the future.CBT Practitioner Certification Course (Beginner to Advanced)
A Broad Overview of CBT
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a general classification of psychotherapy, based on social learning theory, which emphasises how our thinking interacts with how we feel and what we do.It’s based on the view that when a person experiences depression, anxiety, or anger that these stressors can be exacerbated (or maintained) by exaggerated or biased ways of thinking and that these patterns can be modified by reducing erroneous and maladaptive beliefs.A counsellor (or other therapist) using CBT helps a client to recognise their style of thinking and to adjust it through the use of evidence and logic.There are several different types and applications of CBT. They focus on cognitive restructuring, modifying behaviour, and developing alternative coping skills. Many of which will be discussed and explored throughout this course.CBT Practitioner Certification Course (Beginner to Advanced)
The Foundations of CBT (Diagram & Brief Explanation)
When we begin to develop a deeper understanding of ourselves emotionally, CBT encourages us to break down our specific problems into an A-B-C format, through which:'A' is an activating event. An activating event means a real external event that has occurred, a future event that we might anticipate occurring, or an internal event in our mind, such as an image, memory, or even a dream. The ‘A’ is often referred to as the ‘trigger’ of our emotional responses.    'B' is representative of our beliefs. Our beliefs include your thought patterns, the rules that we live by, the demands we make (on ourselves, the world and even other people), and the meanings that we attach to the external and internal events of our lives.'C' stands for the consequences. Consequences include your emotions, behaviours, and physical sensations that accompany different emotions as a results of our experiences in life.The diagram herein illustrates the (broken down) A-B-C parts of every problem that we will work with on, either within ourselves, or with our clients as CBT practitioners.Writing down any problem in A-B-C format (which is a core CBT technique) helps us to differentiate between our (or our clients) thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and the trigger event that sets the whole sequence in motion. CBT Practitioner Certification Course (Beginner to Advanced)
Connecting Thoughts, Emotions & Behaviour
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that looks at:How you think about yourself, the world and other people How what you do affects your feelings and thoughts How the way you think and feel affects the way you actThoughts feelings and behaviours are all linked, so if we think upsetting thoughts, then we will feel upset and then become more likely to act in a way that will increase the thoughts and strengthen the feelings. We can break this vicious cycle by changing the way in which we think and the consequentially behave.By making links between what we do, think and feel, CBT can help us make changes in the way we think ("Cognitive") and the way we act ("Behaviour)". Making changes in what we think will affect what you do and feel, and changing what we do, has an impact on the way we think and feel. Making these changes then can help us feel better.While it is helpful to discuss the past and understand how our pasts have influenced our lives and how the problems have come about, CBT mostly focuses on looking for ways to improve your mental wellbeing now and making positive steps for the future.CBT says that it's not the event which causes our emotions, but how we interpret that event - what we think or what meaning we give that event or situation.CBT Practitioner Certification Course (Beginner to Advanced)
The ABC's of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
The ABC Model is one of the most famous cognitive behavioural therapy techniques for analysing your thoughts, behaviour and emotions.Cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT works on the assumption that your beliefs influence your emotions and your behaviour and that by identifying and addressing problematic thoughts you can help to change your behaviour and experiences for the better.The CBT 'ABC' Model asks you to record a sequence of events regarding:A - Activating Event (also sometimes described as a 'Trigger')
B - Beliefs (for example, the thoughts that occur to you when the Activating Event happens)
C - Consequences - how you feel and behave when you have those Beliefs (these results can be categorised into two parts: your actions and your emotions)CBT Practitioner Certification Course (Beginner to Advanced)
And That Means ... We're Meaning Making Machines!
The human mind is a complex meaning-making machine that not many people fully understand. Without even trying, most people think that they 'know' what things mean ... at least most of the time! When someone treats us inconsiderately, our mind interprets this and does it's best to make some meaning out of it. This is an entirely automatic process that most people aren't ever aware of.This lecture should help you to become more aware of how quickly we can jump to incorrect conclusions about other people.CBT Practitioner Certification Course (Beginner to Advanced)
  • No prior knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is required to enrol in this course - making it ideal for those who are new to exploring this exciting form of cognitive psychology.
  • Many reflection-worthy ideas are presented during the course, and as such, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy students are encouraged to take notes (for self-reflection only and not required for submission).
  • You can complete this Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) course in your own time and pace (also comes accompanied with a full audio MP3 version). Is easily achievable to complete within 6 - 12 weeks.
  • This full Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practitioner course can be studied online with an internet connection. The curriculum is similar to that which you might find in a reputable attendance based CBT Practitioner course.
  • You can study Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from the comfort of your own home or favourite cafe at any time. You can access your course lessons from your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.
  • This course was first published in 2016 and last updated in August 2019, drawing on over a decade of experience, blending psychology based theoretical knowledge with other relevant life principles.
  • A range of additional CBT downloadable (and editable) course materials is also provided that will make this Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practitioner course enlightening, fascinating and enjoyable.
  • Students who benefit most from this Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) course are those who REFLECT upon and APPLY the lessons personally.
Kain Ramsay
Kain Ramsay
Psychology Instructor & #1 International Bestselling Author
Achology Ltd
Achology Ltd
The Academy of Modern Applied Psychology
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